Governor's School for Agriculture: 2019: Starting
Your Research

Welcome! This guide is designed to help you find information for your research topics and projects that you'll be working on for the next couple of weeks. Please feel free to contact any of the librarians listed on this page for help!

Developing Keywords & Searching Activity

When looking for information, you need to start with terms (also called keywords) about your topic.  Starting by opening the following Word document:

For the first part of this activity, we'll be searching Google (you may have a different search engine you prefer, but for this class, we'll all be using the same search engine)

For the second part of this activity, we'll be searching the library's "Discovery Search"

What is the Discovery Search?  This search tool is the most comprehensive index we have to search for information across many of the library's resources at the same time (however note, it does not search everything the library has access to). You can use the facets on the left to narrow results based on a number of options.

Note, if the access states "citation online" you won't be able to use that source for this project.

A short video tutorial from the University of Houston Libraries: Developing Keywords

Another short video from the University of Houston Libraries: keywords to searching

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